I finally received my pre order copy of Battlefield Bad Company 2 (BFBC2) on Monday and first impressions, a great first person shooter game. Supporting what I think to be the best multiplayer play in the modern Battlefield Series of games and a great in-depth single player story mode. But how could they stuff up the stats and online game servers so badly on release?
I’ll get this out of the way first, since release Battlefield Bad Company 2 (BFBC2) has been experiencing network and server issues. This has caused downtime and loss of stats for players. The official cause of this from the EA is high surge of traffic causing server load, surely they had an idea how big it would be with the number of copies produced and how popular the demo was? The gaming masses agree (see complaints on Twitter – http://twitter.com/#search?q=BFBC2). Ok I’m done now, they are working on the issue and I guess it will all be resolved shortly.
The updated Frostbite Game Engine created by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) brings a new level of destruction to the game (and who doesn’t love blowing shit up). Battlefield Bad Company 2 (BFBC2) got the newest version of the Frostbite Engine, 1.5 with Destruction 2.0 which has Bullet Drop (creating a realistic bullet flight) and ability to destroy whole buildings instead of walls only. The update also has better graphics then previous versions making the environment look even better from the snow capped mountains to the thick jungles and even the barren desert. This also means the single player cut scenes look even more realistic.
All Battlefield games centre mainly on the multiplayer so one would expect the newest in the line would have a great multiplayer section – and that’s completely right. They have cut the number of kit choices from the original Bad Company to 4 different kits; assault, mechanic, medic or recon. These 4 kits then expand out into allowing different weapons that are available when unlocked and modifications to these weapons and special equipment for each kit. You will be able to choose and modify the kit to suit your strengths and weakness. The different games types you can choose from the new Rush game mode; where 1 team attacks a set point and has a limited number of lives and the other team attempts to defend the points with an unlimited number of lives. To the classic conquest where there are set points and the 2 teams try to take control of them, both teams have a limited number of lives. Then the new squad game modes, that centre on a smaller more tactical game play where the teams are of 4 members, with Squad Rush and Squad Deathmatch. Don’t get me wrong this is just another shooter game but the Battlefield Series has gotten the right mix of everything and they keep refining the mix making Battlefield Bad Company 2 what I believe to be one of the best in the series to date.
The single player is a huge improvement on the original Bad Company in all areas. The cut scenes are better in both dialog and design even the in game banter between the squad members has been improved. Each mission has a more set path instead of the large open maps like in the original that could see you taking 15 mins to get around the map without any fire fights. The removal of the adrenaline injection to restore health with a take cover and wait to restore health; helps to make a more strategic game play when in the heat of battle. Your squad AI has also been improved by having them interact with you and your reactions creating a more squad base attack instead of the lone gunman from the original. They will attack allowing you to flank the enemy or provide support when you are taking cover to restore your health. That all being said; the single player doesn’t have the continued play though, once you have completed the campaign and all secondary tasks (collectable, sat uplinks), there is no urge to play it again and again.
So a great game? I think so, how long will it last? Only time will tell. I must say this is a good start to the year, but how will it stand when Halo: Reach is released? Well with the fact that the dedicated servers couldn’t handle the load on release and still can’t a week on, it might just get there (if they can fix the problems). This is a must have game for all the first person shooter fans out there. Go out and buy if you don’t have it already.